adjective, ters·er, ters·est.
Origin of terse
Examples from the Web for tersely
Biden “is a very decent guy, is capable and bright [and] qualified,” Panetta said tersely.Panetta Criticizes Obama’s Syrian ‘Red Line’ Screw-Up, and Other Failures of Leadership|Lloyd Grove|October 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
We have a daughter,” she told him tersely, “and she is hungry.
"I need to speak to my aunt," I said tersely, not wanting to speak to Zardari.
"It's enough," commented Gregory tersely, striving to hold his temper in check at the impudence of Mascola's proposal.El Diablo|Brayton Norton
A moment later Cyril's tersely nervous "Good morning, Billy," came across the line.Miss Billy's Decision|Eleanor H. Porter
In short, as they tersely put it, that "his heart was in the right place."M. or N. "Similia similibus curantur."|G.J. Whyte-Melville
This is tersely expressed by Morawetz in his Corporation Law.Railroads: Rates and Regulations|William Z. Ripley
It is tersely put and carries conviction with every sentence.The Hilltop Boys|Cyril Burleigh
British Dictionary definitions for tersely
Word Origin for terse
Word Origin and History for tersely
1590s (implied in tersely), "clean-cut, burnished, neat," from French ters "clean," from Latin tersus "wiped off, clean, neat," from past participle of tergere "to rub, polish, wipe." Sense of "concise or pithy in style or language" is from 1777, which led to a general sense of "neatly concise." The pejorative meaning "brusque" is a fairly recent development. Related: Terseness.